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Rising Prices Driving out Residents

The bay are is the undisputed technological capital of the World, as just about every major internet and technological company has their company rooted between the major cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. The entire bay area has expanded in a myriad of ways over the last few years, jobs have been created as companies have poured in, but there have been a ton of problems that have come as well. First and foremost is the fact that housing prices have gone through the roof. Homes in San Jose have blossomed up to well over a million dollars, and to rent a moderate apartment in San Francisco, you would be lucky to be paying less then four or five thousand dollars. The entire bay area has seen a massive increase in traffic, with special lanes being constructed and tolls being paid to drive in certain lanes during rush hour.
There is one thing that just over a third of all people in the region have on their minds, and that is getting out of the area. For people that have lived in the bay area for their entire lives, which is a truly amazing place to live, it is incredibly bitter sweet to make the decision to leave. However, when you consider the fact that just by moving over to the Central Valley, you could buy five houses of equal value and likely put enough money in the bank to be set for life. This is especially true if you were doing decent to well in the bay area in recent years. Polls have showed that the bulk of people that want to leave have only been in the area for five years or less, but it really is remarkable to see so many people wanting to leave one of the areas that a ton of people consider one of the most desirable places in the country. Top notch weather, ample high paying jobs, a beautiful landscape, and large amounts of entertainment are not something that most people flee from, so the rising problems in the Bay Area in terms of housing costs and traffic are starting to become very apparent.

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Spring Cleaning is Quicker with Handy

Spring cleaning is that wonderful time of year – depending on who you ask – where you get rid of the clutter and make your home new again. I get contractors from Handy to come out and help me clean the home from top to bottom. I book the services online and I let these contractors come in and do their jobs.

The Handy Cleaning Services business is booming, and I think that this company is the best that is out there. I used a local maid services company before. They were okay, but I just didn’t get the same level of quality that Handy gave. I became a loyal customer after getting my home cleaned last year around this time. Spring cleaning is becoming a regular thing with Handy. I love the way that this company is getting exposure, and I think that they really deserve it. The services are always good, and their work is something that I always brag about.

Spring cleaning is a dusty season, but I don’t worry about it much. I am allergic to dust, but I leave Handy in charge of clearing the dust. They wipe down the store, the refrigerator and the blinds that are all over the house. This saves me a lot of time and helps from refrain from a ton of sneezing. This alone is worth the price that is paid for this company to do the cleaning.

Coincidentally, the price that is paid isn’t much. It is actually much more affordable than I realized. I have hired some other cleaners in the past that have done less but cost more. That is why I stay with Handy. This is an affordable company that brings quality to the forefront. I like the fact that these contractors go out of their way to make sure that the customers are pleased.

Handy is an organization that has made life a little easier for people that are trying to balance their days. I don’t have the time to work all day and come home and clean all night is Handy is useful.

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Handy raises $50 million months after rival shuts down

Cleaning and Home Services Startup Handy Hits One Million Bookings

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John Goullet Helps Out IT Job Seekers with Diversant

When it comes time to finding a job, it can be a difficult task. Most people even dread when this time comes up. Depending on your field of expertise, there may not be a whole lot out there for you to choose from. If you are in the market for finding a new IT job, Diversant is the place to go as they help job seekers find their ideal job. At Diversant, they look beyond the resume and help place you in the right job by looking at your personality instead. Sure you may have all the qualifications, but more importantly they want to make sure you will fit in with that particular company.

John Goullet, Principal Executive of Diversant, wants to make sure his clients are happy and taken care of properly. He wants to see them succeed in their careers and enjoy what they are doing. After all, John understands how difficult it can be to find a job, so he wants to make it as easy as possible on the clients as he can. With his knowledgeable team, they are able to help IT job seekers find their perfect job. John is able to continue his passion for developing new ways to overcome the challenges he faces in the ever-changing world of IT.

John began his career working as an IT consultant. He eventually changed over to IT staff and founded Info Technologies. This IT company focused on providing solutions to Fortune 500 companies around the world. His company quickly grew to $30 million in five years, earning it a top ten spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private firms in the United States. Eventually Info Technologies merged into what it is known today as Diversant.

With a lot of hard work and dedication, John is able to help a lot of different people out when it comes to finding a suitable IT career that works for them. He did not get to the position that he is in today by standing on the sidelines and watching other people take over. Instead, he put everything he had into making himself a success, and I’d say he accomplished that.

Additional Links:

http://bcexploration.com/index.php/2016/04/28/a-visionary-entrepreneur-who-made-30-million-within-five-years-john-goullet/

Led By John Goullet, Diversant Provides Innovative Staffing Solutions

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Doug Levitt Joins the Ranks of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac

Doug Levitt used to be a reporter, a foreign correspondent. Based in London, he reported on the news for ABC, CNN and NBC. He covered conflicts in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa. However, ten years ago he gave that up to travel around the United States on Greyhound buses searching for the America and Americans missing from the mainstream media. He gives Woodie Guthrie, who spent a lot of time in the Depression riding the rails along with many thousands of other displaced, homeless men seeking work.

Inspired by the people he met and the stories they told, he wrote their songs. Now he also records their stories in Greyhound, and sings the songs. He’s logged over 100,000 miles on Greyhound buses, and now keeps a records of his songs and stories, plus over 25,000 pictures, as the Greyhound Diaries.

In an interview on public radio, he explains how the bus as transportation encompasses every demographic in the country except economic. That’s because the only people who ride the bus are those who cannot afford to either drive or take an airplane. Since Greyhound has 2,200 destinations, it’s also the most geographically diverse as well. The other riders are normally struggling, and in the process finding a greater sense of their most authentic selves.

Doug found it easy to meet and connect with people. On the road, especially late at night in the dark, it’s easier to tell personal stories to people who are strangers, who’ll remain anonymous because they’ll never see each other again.

Doug Levitt is recording his songs and playing concerts. Back of his background growing up in public schools in Washington D.C., the son of DC Councilmember Carol Schwartz, was singing in a high school gospel choir. He uses music to speak to what people are contending with.

During his many miles on the buses during the past ten years the country has been troubled in many ways. In the past 10 years he has seen an increase in veterans, especially those Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder self-medicating their condition with illegal drugs and alcohol.

Alternate Links:

http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/finding-america-repeatedly-bus-singer-songwriter-doug-levitt-offers-greyhound-diaries

Greyhound Diaries

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“Hillary Clinton is a better candidate” Says Charles Koch

Charles Koch is a wealthy influential business person in the US. He is estimated to have $41.5 billion according to Forbes as of June 2015. He is married and is the CEO of the biggest private firm called Koch Industries Inc. Charles Koch diversified his father’s oil company into a petroleum products trading company that exist in about 60 countries around the world. Koch is the 18th richest man in the world and a philanthropist. Koch extended a business that he inherited from his father by 2,600 times. Charles Koch, Author of the book “Good Profit,” said that a framed letter left for him by his father, that outlines the approach he and his brothers should follow when managing their family fortune has helped him manage his business.

ABC News met Charles Koch last week at his company’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. Koch has for some time been very influential and controversial force in the Republican politics. However, Charles Koch pointed out that Hillary Clinton could make a better president of the US compared to the remaining candidates in the Republican Party. Koch also said that he believes Bill Clinton was a better president in some ways, in that there was less government spending than in George W. Bush tenure. Even though Hillary gained Koch’s Favor here, Koch didn’t mention that he will be supporting her in her 2016 presidential race.

Koch notes that the American economy is ”rigged” for the wealthy, and there should be a policy to change that. Koch said that Republicans have been blocking many big spending initiatives, but their pleas to reform the tax system despite lobbying for the vast repeal of subsidies and exemptions in the U.S. tax code have not been fully satisfied. Koch notes that the Republicans have implemented tax breaks here and there, but they need to be done away with fully. Koch says this is because it has been hard to find someone in politics who has the courage to change the norm in the government and do what will help the people in improving their lives.

Koch has pointed out that he has no control over the Republican Party since the U.S. would have a two-tiered system in place. There would be welfare for the wealthy and tax code that subsidize the wealthy. Since there is none, it’s clear that Koch controls nothing in the Republican Government. Koch has therefore not thrown any support to any of the Republican nominees as none has talked about the two-tiered system and how to get rid of it.

Additional Links:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/05/20/17-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-koch-brothers/

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Jame Dondero, investing in Argentina’s fiscal future

How do you get rid of the massive amount of debt? By selling bonds of course. Argentina is making its long-awaited return to the international bond market since being forced out of the global market in 2001 during a historic $95 billion default. James Dondero and Highland Capital Management are amongst those looking to invest in the country. The assets management firm oversees $19 billion in funds is looking to buy a significant amount of securities.

Highland Capital Management is not new to this game. Before Argentina decided to rejoin the international bond market, the firm was the biggest holder of the countries $4 billion of notes, due to mature in 2033. The interest from Highland Capital bolds well for Argentina, showing that their attempt to sell a significant amount of debt to pay for settlements with holdout creditors.Furthermore, this shows that debt investors will continue being buyers for many years to come.

Throughout this, Highland Capital Management is turning out to be the largest victor. After U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa removes the restrictions preventing Argentina from paying its reconstructed debt.Once lifted Highland along with many other American-based firms will begin investing the country once more.

For Highland CEO Dondero this is only the beginning. Dondero attended the University of Virginia and received the highest honors: Beta Gamma Sigma, and Beta Alpha Psi. After having received a double bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance, Dondero became a certified Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Financial Analyst. All of these have helped him over an extensive 33-year long career which started as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program before working as Corporate Bond Analyst and then Portfolio Manager at American Express. In 1993 Dondero Co-Founded Highland Capital Management. In addition to being CEO of Highland he is Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical; and also serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios.

After the initial investment, this April Dondero says that he will begin pursuing other avenues inside the country. These possible investment opportunities besides the sovereign debt include a possible Argentina Fund. To Dondero and the world, it looks like Argentina’s fiscal future is bright.

Additional Links:

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Meet James Dondero; the Highland Capital Management CO founder and President

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Dynamics Search Partners Director Keith Mann Announces New College Scholarship Opportunity for Uncommon Schools Students

A recent press release details Keith Mann’s, managing director of Dynamics Search Partners, announcement regarding the creation of a new scholarship for students at the Uncommon Schools of New York based in Brooklyn, NY. Each year students will have the opportunity to apply for the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. One winner will be chosen from eligible graduating seniors. Students who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit an essay on how earning a college degree will benefit and support them towards achieving their professional goals. The $5,000 scholarship can be used towards the student’s college tuition. You can read the full press release and more details about the scholarship opportunity on BusinessWire here.

Keith Mann is the managing director of Dynamic Search Partners (DSP), a New York based executive search firm that provides staffing and hiring services and strategy for hedge funds. After identifying an opportunity for executive search services in the hedge fund industry Mann founded Dyanmics Search Partners in 2009 to provide these services to alternative investment firms. Mann has over 15 years of experience and brings a level of professionalism and knowledge that is unparalleled in the industry.

Mann’s involvement with the Uncommon Schools began in 2013 when he had the opportunity to tour the school and sit in on classes. Inspired by the motivation of the students to achieve academic excellence and prepare themselves for success in college, Mann established a partnership between the charter schools and Dynamics Search Partners.

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